I love listening to the sounds of the birds chirping away in the garden and we are lucky to have a good variety of feathery visitors. Just recently our daughter spotted a Bullfinch which we were all very excited about as we hear they are on the decline. Seeing this colourful bird has sparked our daughters’ interest in identifying the birds that visit our garden and we often find her sitting at the window with her binoculars and bird book looking at the blue tits and robins.
We are really enjoying gardening with our children and want to carry on growing through autumn and winter. Last week we listed our winter/early spring vegetable suggestions to start planting now, but there is of course the other plant to think about at this time of year, the spring bulb. This is an important one as a colourful display of flowers can lift mood and incite promise and enthusiasm for the coming year after a dark dormant winter. Planting spring bulbs is a fun gardening activity for children and these bulbs should be fairly easy for young ones to plant, just make sure they go in right side up and the soil is worked and light. Turning the soil and adding compost is great preparation for new spring bulbs going in and will help them get established before winter. Continue reading “Spring bulbs”
As much as we do not want to wish Summer away there is definitely a strong sense that Autumn is on it’s way and it’s beginning to show in the garden. We have nearly harvested the summer crops and our daughter was so exited to pull the carrots she grew from seed, our son is still desperately trying to find the last remaining edible blackberries and the caterpillars have feasted like kings on our radishes. The garden is looking slightly bare.
We are very lucky to live near a nature spot filled with blackberries, alpine strawberries, sloes, grasses, wild flowers and much more. This week as part of the ‘Exploring Nature with Children curriculum that we follow we will be looking at seed dispersal with our kids. September is the perfect time in the UK for teaching children about how seeds are dispersed as there are lots of opportunities to witness it happening whilst out on a walk or whilst your doing a spot of gardening with the children.